China's Rise: Military and Economic Implications for the United States
Zummo, David Peter
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Relations between the United States and China have become immensely complex since China’s militaristic and economic rise in the 1990s and the convolution of their relationship continues to grow as China begins to play a more prominent role on the world stage. This thesis examines three areas of how the United States is affected by China’s militaristic and economic rise to include the United States ability to aid Taiwan, threats to US space-based assets, and the emergence of China as an economic superpower. Although each area being examined is inherently different, all three areas illustrate an evolving China that the United States will have to contend with in the future. Each chapter demonstrates the varying degrees of how the United States is affected and analyzes the potential implications produced as a result of a growing China. Through the examination of existing literature, each chapter depicts a China prior to a particular militaristic or economic advancement and then explores the effects of those changes and how they affect the United States. The aftermath of these military or economic advancements by China reveal a willingness to grow, modernize, and contend with the major players in the international community. This thesis demonstrates the direct contention in which China’s advancements bring to the United States, clarifies the realities of this rivalry, and offers alternatives in relation to strategy and policies for each set of independent issues that the varying chapters address.